In 2013, a young boy fell in a hole at Mt. Baldy. Fortunately, he survived and the pursuit to understand the formation of these holes (aka Devil’s Stovepipes) ensued. This presentation will cover an overview of the research colleagues and I have conducted to understand the role of fungi in the formation of these holes. The whole story is about the decomposition of wood conducted by fungi!
Peter Avis, PhD recently moved to accept a position at the University of Maine. He Formerly was at Indiana University Northwest from 2007 until 2020 and prior to that he did a post-doc with Greg Mueller at the Field Museum. His PhD is from Minnesota where he worked with Dave McLauglin, Ris Charvat and Trice Morrow. Currently, Avis is chair of the biology department and teaches intro bio, mycology, evolution, molecular biology among other courses. His research falls into three general categories: Fungal ecology and evolution, molecular methodology for the study of fungi, and ecological restoration monitoring. The project he will discuss at the program grew out of the following project.
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